"My purchase experience was excellent. I am still getting used to it as I have only used it 4 or 5 times, but it has made docking so much easier. "
"I had a 380 Sundancer before this boat, and had a stressful time driving it in the very beginning. I did some research and put the Sideshift Bow and Stern thrusters on. To be honest, after 3 seasons of driving it I got kind of spoiled with the level of control that it gave me – in any sized slip or windy conditions. When our family upgraded to the 48’ Sea Ray, it came with a bow thruster from the factory, but it didn’t have a Stern Thruster. I felt in my first windy situation that I was missing some of the control that I really wanted to have. We investigated getting a Stern Thruster put on the boat, and some of the quotes we were getting were as high as $20,000. When I went back to Sideshift, it was awesome because it was only a fraction of that price. We got it installed, and I’m happy to report we got that same level of control in the new boat! One of the criteria I had was that I didn’t want to put any holes in the boat under the waterline, so it was nice that the Sideshift mounts above the waterline. Very non-intrusive. I can tell you that Sideshift makes boating amazing."
"Works fantastic. As you would imagine, coming into a slip with two feet on one side and one foot on the other with a 58 ft houseboat in a crosswind can be a bit challenging! I used to sweat a lot bringing it in, but not anymore. I know, even in wind, I can do it with little problems. What a huge difference these make! Should be standard on every houseboat."
"I have a Bow and a Stern Sideshift Thruster. When we moved up to the 32' Carver with the Flybridge, it was intimidating. It's wider, it's longer, not as easy to see off, and any breeze at all and you are a kite. Having the thrusters on this boat has enabled us to go out whereas, before we had the thrusters on, there were days we wouldn't go out because of the conditions. It's very nice to be able to catch the bow when the wind comes up, especially if I am backing in to a slip. I haven't noticed any difference in performance at slow or high speeds. Tight slips, wind, docking on the wrong side, whatever – it just takes all the stress out of my boating. There won't be another boat I'll own without Sideshift Thrusters on it."
"Our area has strong currents with 10' tides, so getting to and from the dock can be tricky. The combination of stern and bow thruster is a game changer and works great to reduce the most stressful time of boat operation. Your company sold me exactly what I asked for. My experience overall was very very good. I would definitely recommend you to others."
"I couldn't have been more satisfied with the entire purchasing process with Sideshift. Their customer service and technical support teams were very knowledgeable and patient with all of my questions and concerns. Installation was done entirely by myself while our 25' Harris Grand Mariner tri-toon was on it's lift at our dock. All instructions were clearly written along with drawings and photos to help identify each step. Parts were packaged exceptionally well and the complete unit arrived without one scratch and with almost everything needed for my particular installation. All components exposed to the environment appear to be either stainless steel, anodized or powder-coated. We have many restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks here in Missouri and their various docks can get pretty congested on the weekends. Add a little wind to the equation, and docking can be a real challenge. I know that the Sideshift will make anyone look like a pro - whether you are pulling in or backing in."
"My wife wanted to sell the boat because of the lack of maneuverability. We bought bow and stern thrusters and now love the boat."
"My purchase experience was excellent. I am still getting used to it as I have only used it 4 or 5 times, but it has made docking so much easier. "
"Purchasing was great, installation of the thruster unit was easy. The stern thruster works great for my 75ft houseboat. It has made docking in higher winds way less stressful and safer. I sleep better at night when out on the lake knowing the next day I don’t have to worry as much about changing wind conditions when I have to dock. The stern thruster makes my boating experience much more enjoyable! "
"The thruster has out performed my expectations and a number of people at my marina that hadn't heard of this thruster before. My boat was very difficult to maneuver in tight marinas and avoided certain places; now I don't hesitate to go anywhere."
"Customer Service "Second to None". Installation very straightforward courtesy of coherent instructions and excellent booklet. Sideshift fitted in order to moor in gaps otherwise too difficult in windy conditions. And it has provided this facility with ease. Very impressed with quality of the whole Sideshift Package."
"I bought my boat with the Sideshift bow thruster already installed. I love it. Docking is far more stressful without it. After 10 years the thruster needed some maintenance, and while it was off the boat I felt far less in control. "
"Great, prompt and friendly service. Love the product. Much less anxiety docking. Keep up the great service and product."
"All went well... It performs excellent. "
"Installation was 100% the best I've experienced for what some would look at as a major DIY project; me included. I installed a bow thruster and it's working great and exactly as it was promised on the website. I love the remote fob to activate the thruster. Thank you to the team at Sideshift for making me look like a docking pro."
"Installation was excellent, works perfectly as promised."
"Already installed when I purchased the boat. I have a single screw straight inboard so I’ll take all the help I can get! It’s nice to be able to give a little push."
"The service was amazing. Installation was painless. A few hours to install, and back in the water same day. Improved docking 100 percent. Had a hell of a time docking. While backing in, the bow was all over the place. Now with a quick tap on the Sideshift knob, I am able to bring the bow back into place . I dock in a place where there is only a few inches from the other boat and when the wind picks up it was impossible to dock. Many times I would not move the boat because I would have a tough time docking and now it’s a breeze. "
"Good service, easy to install. It's really helped me when I arrive at the dock. Yes, it has been a great help to reduce my stress when it is a windy day. For me, so far so good. This is a very good product and I don't hesitate to recommend the thruster to our friends at the marina."
"The purchasing process was flawless. My pontoon cost me 129k. I could not afford to not make the investment which has given me a stress free docking experience. More importantly protects my investment and others investments around me. Countless times I could have ended up with damage had I not been able to maneuver. The service and product quality overall is great. "
"This was mounted on my new 24' pontoon. Worked good moving the boat sideways to the dock. Has a remote handheld controller which is nice to walk around and tie up as you move the boat over. Yes it reduced the stress for me. Any breeze would catch the fence and move the boat around."
"The purchase experience was very good and installing the stern thruster straightforward. The stern thruster is working great and is silent in operation. The boat now handles both to port and starboard. I am not joking when I say it is the best investment I have made in the boat. My wife is now happy to go anywhere where as before she, and I, were apprehensive as the stern would not move to starboard. "
"Excellent. The entire purchase and install process with support went as well as I would of hoped."
"There’s definitely a much added confidence boost knowing you have bow/stern thruster assistance. "
"Your installer Rick was wonderful, and very accommodating. He did a great job on installation, shipping, dry-docking and coordination. The thruster has truly changed my boating life! I am a first-time 42 foot boat owner and the stress of putting that unit in my marina was unnerving. I have never hesitated to move the boat since thrusters were installed. They are nothing short of amazing! Moving the boat is now effortless. Very satisfied customer."
"Excellent We purchased the large stern thruster. Installation was done by our head mechanic, with the boat out of the water. Installation went very good, no issues. The Stern Thruster works as advertised, and absolutely is an incredible aid to docking. I have had the boat in a few very tight situations with current and winds, and the Stern Thruster made all the difference in the world between having a serious problem, to making it a simple operation. I am very pleased with the Stern Thruster..."
"Help was offered on the install but ended up being not required. Very helpful as a new (large) boater. "
"The pre-sales customer service was excellent. Installation was straightforward and the directions were easy to follow. Thruster works fine. I have a 42' trawler, and it moves the stern quickly and smoothly with excellent response time. "
"The thruster made a world of difference. We have traveled through 100s of locks and a tap on the bow thruster pushes the boat off the wall. No more frantically reaching for the guide lines. Boaters come to help us dock in tight spots and just watch as the thrusters slide the boat into position. A lot of boaters see the ease at which we dock and can't believe it. Although they want to help and I never refuse, they wait until the boat comes to them to tie off."
"Installed my stern thruster myself. It was very easy to do. Any questions that I had were promptly answered by customer service. My stern thruster is working very well. I can now dock, and navigate canals without the usual stress!"
"People think I am amazing when I back into my slip but the Stern Thruster makes it so easy."
"Great, lots of phone support and I installed it with my son. It works just as advertised. Even in heavy current it pushes my 310 Sundancer around with no problem. Very satisfied with the product. It has made docking a pleasure, and people comment how slow and precise I come in."
"Just great - no problems, love it. Should have done this earlier. "
"Works great and definitely reduces the stress level in docking. Totally satisfied with product. Great product, easy to install, easy to use."
"It’s a must if you have only one engine. It’s saved me a couple of scratches on my boat...very satisfied with the consumer service."
"Great customer service! The thruster is amazing. I wish now that I had the stern thruster done at the same time. Keep doing what you are doing. The man who did my install was super nice and did a great job!! Bravo!!"
"The thruster works fantastic and has reduced all of our stress. We were totally satisfied with your service. They were very personable."
"Dependable. Effective. Moves our 30ft Doral easily, can walk it sideways. Easy to work the boat into tight corners."
"Outboard-Stern motor is very strong and easier to operate with joystick for docking. Service is excellent. "
"We have now completed our first year of boating with the Sideshift bow thruster on our 25 ft Four Winns Cruiser. It has greatly improved our boating experience by largely eliminating the stress associated with docking under challenging conditions. The Sideshift thruster has increased our confidence which has resulted in us making far better use of our boat. The system has been problem free, very easy to use and has clearly been an investment well worth the money. Our experience from initial inquiry to final installation was top notch, this company clearly understands how to deliver excellent customer service. We have and will continue to recommend this system to fellow boaters."
"Your product has changed my boating experience. Docking a single screw trawler has always been a challenge. Now with the powerful Stern Thruster my maneuverability makes my docking experience a pleasure. Thruster is a charm. Customer service and the entire process was seamless. I cannot thank you enough for making the process simple. "
"Great product, easy to use! Makes docking a breeze...even on those windy days! One of the best options on the market in terms of pricing and installation without drilling a big hole in your boat. Customer Service experience was great. Easy ordering & payment process. And helpful information on which unit was best for my boat. I am still getting used to it, but it does help with docking for sure. Much less stressful vs. last year!"
"Bow Thruster was installed. That went well, we did it ourselves. The performance is wonderful, no stress when docking. Unit is very strong for my 34ft, works great. Other boaters are very interested in our unit and are considering it for themselves. I am very happy with mine. I think the power of clients who have purchased is the best. Word spreads pretty quick when people are happy with what they have. Last weekend I showed two couples how ours works. They are very interested for their own boats."
"Excellent, helpful, friendly, and professional. My stern thruster allows total freedom to move the boat in close quarters and totally reduces my wife's docking stress. Great product. Easy to install, with excellent on line help if needed."
"For the last twenty years I owned a series of twin inboard engine boats and had grown accustomed to being able to dock with confidence. When I bought a tritoon, I went back to docking at the mercy of the wind and the currents. With the Sideshift Thruster, I can again dock with confidence"
"I picked up the PT230 Kit in Ottawa and customer service was excellent. The installation instructions were easy to follow and completed in one day. I am required to dock on many unfamiliar docks in the 1000 Islands near Gananoque. The thruster has allowed me to dock and leave with ease. I have used a Sideshift Thruster for 4 years and will continue to use one as long as I am a boater."
"Fantastic! I have the pontoon thruster and it makes "canal cruising" a breeze. Even in a gusty wind and incoming tide it makes turning around SOOOO much easier!"
"Customer service was above average. Thruster is working good and really helps back my 55 foot house boat into its slip. Considering buying one for the stern. "
"What a difference - no more stress even on a windy day. Thanks for all of your help."
"The bow thruster is a super addition to my boat. I am fairly new at boating, so docking was always a bit stressful, but not at all now. In fact, I use the boat more often, because I am comfortable taking it out in less than perfect weather (unlike before). Plus, I now can take it out without having to have someone along to help me tie up back in the slip. Just "thanks" for helping improve my boating experience."
"Single screw boat so I would be lost without it."
"It works excellent"
"Support was very good. I had the unit professionally installed. Seems to work well"
"Works like a charm. We've used it 6-7 times so far and the benefits were seen immediately."
"Purchasing and installing was excellent, all my questions were answered by knowledgeable staff. Thruster works very well, good power for older heavy boats. More confident when docking."
"Really like the thrusters. Makes docking my 38’ Sea Ray a lot easier."
"Thruster is providing ability to steer in reverse which is otherwise not possible on the single engine, small rudder configuration of my boat."
"I installed it myself and I found it extremely easy. It works great - my boat doesn't have a bow thruster, and with twin engines all I have to do is put the bow near the dock and the Stern Thruster does the rest. Great product, I recommend it."
"I like it, makes docking easier."
"Thruster works great on my 50ft boat, gives it a lot of maneuverability."
"Process was great. Marina installed and did a real nice job. Best thing I ever put on a boat. It does everything it was supposed to do, only better."
"The thruster works beyond my expectations"
"Great service - self installation went very well. Fantastic. A wife saver! Pre-thruster she was very nervous - now she mans the stern position when locking or docking and I manage the bow with the thruster. Using bow thruster in concert with two drives allow boat to move virtually sideways."
"I am very pleased with the performance of my thruster (stern). My boat is not huge, a 32' Nordic Tug, but it is quite heavy at 16,000 pounds. Prior to the thruster installation, I had a very hard time getting the stern in place and several dockings created tension and stress. It's made all the difference in the world and has made boating twice as enjoyable as it was without my Sideshift. I'd encourage anybody that's having difficulty in around the docks to try a Sideshift Thruster. You simply can't find anything else at that low a price that is that easy to install and use and you'll be so pleasantly surprised by the performance that you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner."
"Perfect. Fast delivery, easy installation. Many ask: what’s that on your boat? We answer “Sideshift Thruster, works great.”"
"We installed the thruster ourselves. Working very well. Helping a lot mainly in the locks. Many boaters come to see my boat thurster and are asking a lot of questions about it. Believe me, I always told them that I was a very satisfied customer and that your product is impressive."
"Absolutely satisfied with my stern and bow thrusters!! Definitely makes you dock like a pro and gets rid of the stress!"
"Excellent. Fabulous working - And especially with the remote controller, docking is a comfortable 1 person operation. It has allowed stressless docking in a tight Marina."
"Installation was easy given how complicated it is to install a traditional thruster. I have a 27 foot express cruiser with just a single engine. I boat on the San Francisco bay, where the winds rarely dip below 10 knots, and docking takes place on variety of crowded guest docks not to mention my own tandem slip. Without the thruster, this would all be nearly impossible. In many situations I just wouldn't be able to dock at all. The sideshift gives me peace of mind and also comes in handy in a variety of non-docking maneuvers."
"Love it, stress free docking. It’s the first thing I ordered after installing one on our last boat"
"Good. It’s nice to know that you have them there in case you get into trouble"
"Awesome, could NOT dock without it. Very crucial as I dock in high current/wind situation with tight turns! Also makes the locking process easier.."
"I have had mine for almost three years and it works flawlessly. I just purchased a 42' boat and will be installing another side shift"
"Easy installation. Docking is much easier and less stressful. Nice to have the remote fob."
"Love it - Have gone into gas dock when other boats could not because of an off shore wind. My wife and I can dock anywhere now. Had it installed by a marine repair shop, they had no problems."
"Works well, also pleased with your Bluetooth control integration with my existing Vetus bow thruster."
"Bought it on line. Shipped fast right to my house. Installed it myself without a hitch following instructions. It works great."
"Wonderful. My wife loves it. And so do I. I love docking and purposely getting away from the dock, then bumping the bow in with the thruster. Docking and backing into my slip are stress free."
"We love our Sideshift thruster. Knowing where the bow is takes the stress out of docking. Easy to install."
"Great service and easy to install. So easy to use and other boaties love the idea. Too bad I didn't put one on earlier, works well."
"Excellent. Great product"
"It's working amazing. Not only does it relieve the stress in docking, it makes it fun. I would like to just say thank you and keep up the amazing service"
"Great! I am very pleased with the performance"
"A very good solution for single engine boats. Working quite well and yes it has reduced the docking stress a bit. We hired the factory installer -Peter. Great guy and he did a good job"
"Excellent. The thruster makes reversing into my tight mooring possible in conditions I could not have attempted prior to installation. The wifi key medallion is a real game changer when getting people on board."
"The purchase and installation of the side shift was a smooth transaction from start to finish. I was having trouble docking my f36 Trojan especially in windy conditions I had a bow thuster so when the stern was installed it was a breeze docking."
"The buying and installation experience was great. I had one question during installation and the tech support was tremendous. The thrusters perform amazing and have made the transition to our new boat very pleasant and stress free."
"The thruster is magnificent. I have been able to dock in any situation very smoothly. In winding conditions, both blowing on and off the dock and against currents. Love the remote, as I can dock and secure the stern at the same time hold the bow in place till I get there to secure it. Customer Service was excellent, installation was not complicated."
"Very helpful customer service team, and the mechanic who installed thruster said the same. Boat spins on a dime. It's a straight inboard but now maneuvers like it has twin engines."
"Excellent product. Works really well, and when combined with my already fitted bow thruster, makes docking very easy, even in windy conditions. Customer service was very good, considering it was an overseas transaction. Installation was very straight forward, excellent instructions. One query I had was answered very quickly. Overall, great product and great customer service!!"
"Installation was completed neatly and proficiently. My boat is 35ft, single screw. Reverse docking is no longer a problem. No longer do I look for favourable wind conditions. Very happy with the back-up service provided by Sideshift USA."
"I used the installer recommended by your company. Pat was incredibly professional and efficient. He brought the unit with him and picked up the battery for me as well. It works very well."
"My 41' Luhrs with large enclosed flybridge was in a downwind slip in San Pedro. Major anxiety 500 yards from the dock. After 2nd docking anxiety was reduced by 90%. After 5 returns anxiety is gone and thruster use is just for fine tuning. With a 40' boat the thruster gives me peace of mind in new locations and at the bait barge."
"I am more than pleased with the operation and the simple installation. My wife has had two knee replacements and I don't want her jumping on to a dock and at my age I don't want to. With the bow thruster and dual control toggles almost anything is possible in close quarters, unless there is a gale!"
"Customer service is top-notch! Great support after the purchase. Large pontoon has a crazy amount of sail area. Coming into my slip I have to make a hard 90 degree turn with a prevailing cross wind. The PT230 makes the tricky maneuver a breeze! Highly recommend this product to anyone who owns a boat with low main power and high sail area. It will make boating very enjoyable."
"Purchasing of the bow and stern thruster was very easy. The thrusters work very well and make docking less stressful knowing I have the thrusters available to use if need be."
"The Sideshift Thrusters have really taken the stress out of docking and locking through with our 40 ft. houseboat. It was all very easy. The installer was quick and efficient. We have both a deployable bow thruster and a fixed stern thruster. With the combination it is much easier to dock the 40 ft. houseboat even in a wind."
"Installation went fine. Made one call to customer service and they were very helpful. We bought it so we could cruise up and down the Erie Canal in upstate NY. It makes going through the locks and docking along the canal a breeze. With the wireless remote, the Captain can help hold the lines in the lock and bow thrust when needed."
"Purchasing was a good experience, did the install myself and went pretty straight forward. I must add that it is very quiet to operate, unlike my existing (different brand) bow thruster that sounds like a giant milkshake blender. And I`m very impressed with the wireless controls that came with the Sideshift."
"I love it. It helps a lot in docking, especially in windy conditions. It will turn your boat on a dime -saved me many times from running in to something. Very easy to use. Use my boat in Florida. It is a Monterey 280 SCR, single engine. Sometimes weather is changing to very rough conditions and my thruster is exposed to a very serious test, but so far it has survived and always helps me put my boat in a safe location."
"My experience was very good and installation process very easy. I did not think it was so simple to mount it with such excellent performance. My thruster is working very good and It is very easy to maneuver in the harbor without stress."
"The product is awesome, makes me look good every time I use it"
"Relatively easy to install. Makes docking super easy my daughter can now dock the boat!"
"Awesome - everyone should have one."
"We have the retractable thrusters mounted at the bow and the stern. Our boat is long, without the side thrusters we would have a hard time maneuvering in the narrow canal. We use the thrusters to keep us positioned if we need to stop, to dock the boat, or to turn the boat around. When the side thrusters are on the passengers don't even know we're using them, and they don't use much power. Without them it would make my job pretty difficult!"
"The thrusters are working great, being new to boating I was always stressed coming back to my slip, discovered seasoned boaters have the same concerns, can't believe how well the thruster worked and took away docking anxiety."
"Customer service has been excellent. The thrusters make docking much easier and have virtually eliminated the stress I used to have when doing this"
"Great product! Would highly recommend to anyone that has any reservations docking their boat. I get positive comments all the time about being a pro when docking my boat. Used to look like a blooming idiot. Purchasing the Sideshift unit was painless. Customer service and sales led me to the exact unit I needed and it has worked flawless. I had my boat dealer install and they did a perfect job. Thruster is magnificent! Have a 30 foot single engine boat with thruster on front of boat. It is amazing how much less effort is required to back the boat into any slip in any conditions. Wind is no longer an issue."
"Superb, friendly, knowledgeable, professional customer service. Installation done by factory technician who was very personable, skilled, and professional. Excellent performance of products that have virtually eliminated any stress with docking, under any conditions. This is a must-have product for any boater serious about safe, efficient docking."
"Awesome - We have both bow and stern thrusters and both my wife and I (experienced and skilled boaters) have complete confidence and almost zero stress. It really does take the major stress out of boating and makes the entire experience that much more enjoyable."
"I have had a Sideshift Stern Thruster for over 2 years. It works very well, especially when backing in to a slip. Install went as per directions."
"Installation was great, easy. Works better than I thought."
"I purchased the Stern Thruster, the product is great! I love to buy Canadian and I can honestly say the whole experience was excellent and the staff friendly , professional and extremely helpful ."
"We installed the bow and stern thrusters our self, they are working great. They take the stress out of docking and saved my marriage."
"Installed it myself, very easy. It allows me to back my 36ft yacht out of my boathouse even though there is only 32ft of clearance behind the shed."
"Purchasing was a breeze. Everyone was very helpful. It arrived just as described, and my wife and I installed both bow and stern thrusters with no difficulty while the boat was in drydock."
"Best things I have ever installed on my boat. No stress when maneuvering in tight spaces. Installed as a DIY project out of the water...no problems. Takes the pain out of docking and especially when faced with a wind not to your advantage."
"Couldn't be happier as my dock is narrow and the wind can be a problem. A smooth installation."
"My 11 year old son docks the boat with out any problems allowing me to get other things accomplished."
"I love the ease and elegance of docking my vessel with precision. It's nice and quiet too."
"Great crew and service. Installed and operating better than stated on a bow of one boat. I just installed the stern thruster a month ago…"
"I purchased a thruster for the bow and stern and since I'm often on the boat myself, I now dock in all conditions, and in tight marinas, without hesitation. Most people wonder who’s driving the boat while I stand on the dock with the remote. They are really powerful which facilitates leaving and returning. Worked together with Sideshift on the installation and it went super well and exactly as they explained."
"My bow & stern thrusters are working fine after being in salt water for 2 years going on 3. I was amazed how strong the thrusters are when working against the wind!!! I was pinned against a dock by a strong wind in shallow water facing towards land at a boat launch. The thrusters had enough strength to push me off the dock so I could turn my boat around with my engines and get going. I have a kicker on my stern so I needed to be pushed off the dock by 3-4 ft and they did it!!! I found out that being in a flotilla of 300 or more boats that with my thrusters I could maneuver far more precisely than most of the boats out there!!"
"Purchasing was easy and install was only moderately challenging. Unit has worked as advertised and makes docking much less likely to end in divorce."
"Great customer service."
"The thruster is a great help. Especially considering that my houseboat is 45' x 15' with a single 115 HP outboard. Looking forward to using it this summer."
"The boat originally had a bow thruster-with the stern thruster it makes it all so easy to maneuver. Performed without a problem on my Albin 28. Customer service was excellent. Installation was very simple and painless. It has given me a lot more confidence when negotiating tight areas."
"Ability to move boat sideways with my stern thruster together with previously installed bowthruster has improved docking experience under normal wind and current conditions hugely."
"Nice to see that there are still some companies that stand behind their products!"
"Less stress and works as advertised."
"Perfect, I have single engine boat I can dock very easy now. Thank you guys I love this product, made my life easier."
"Installation was great. All customer support was fantastic."
"Works great … more than enough power to control Tritoon when docking. Owner of Sideshift was great in contacting to resolve any issue."
"They work great. Easy to install."
"Thruster works perfectly, lots of power when needed. Enables a difficult docking in to my boat house easy. Purchased and installed by myself, no problems, installation straight forward."
"It's great! I have much more confidence when docking now."
"The Sideshift bow thruster's performance is outstanding. Docking in wind or narrow channels is now safer and easier. My wife never wanted to dock our boat before we had the bow thruster installed but now she has the confidence and control to get the boat into our slip."
"It is great! A game changer when it came to docking our 22' tritoon boat in tight spots. My wife takes the wheel and I use the remote on the thruster. The customer service was wonderful. They were there for any questions. Installation process was good with help from my friends. We are both more relaxed. So glad we purchased this to help us truly enjoy our boat!"
"My boat is a 50 foot, single engine trawler. It had a bow thruster when I purchased it but adding the stern thruster gave me maneuverability I haven't had since I sold my twin engine boat. Low speed maneuvering and docking are now simple, even in mild wind. One thing they don't mention is how quiet the unit is. My traditional bow thruster you can hear everywhere in the boat, even over the diesel engine. The Sideshift is quiet enough it took a while to get used to using it."
"Customer service was great. Thrusters work great. Docking is easy and I have to back into my skip beside a large sailboat. Even when it's windy, no stress."
"I installed the thruster myself with advice from Sideshift. The install was quite easy. The thruster works great. Our stress level coming into our awkwardly situated boathouse is a breeze. My wife was smiling from ear to ear."
"No more stress, easy as pie to learn how to use it. Made life easier for the wife also, the weekends are better with less stress and confidence in boating has improved 10 fold. The instruction manual and on-line video had all the details needed to install the Sideshift. And customer service was attentive to all my questions."
"Customer service was top notch! I could not ask for a better experience. I installed the bow and stern thrusters myself, and the process was very straight forward and went very good. What I really liked was that everything is included in the kits. No running around looking for additional parts. Just take your time and follow the directions. Goodbye stress!! The anxiousness of approaching a docking situation is gone! Docking is now a one person job. I can literally move my boat sideways into a spot that is two feet longer than the boat. The bow and stern thrusters give me completed control of the situation that I never had before. The Sideshift thrusters have exceeded my expectations. I now enjoy docking my boat in front of a dock full of people to their amazement. Couldn't boat without them now."
"I love it. It works as described. If I ever purchase another boat, I would be in the market for another Side Shift."
"Major stress reliever! Our boat is a single screw...very touchy to control in a tight area such as docking especially when windy, bow thruster makes life much easier."
"We own a Silverton 322. The stern of the boat is like a huge sail. Our stern thruster has taken away that problem. My wife loves the key fob control. It allows her to give the stern that extra shift when she needs to reach the dock from the swim platform. This is the only way for her to reach the dock."
"My purchase was simple. The staff at Sideshift are extremely helpful and friendly. The unit was easy to install and I did it myself. I used to come back from a great day on the water and then when returning I would get nervous about docking. It would ruin my day. Not anymore, even when the wind is blowing I can back right into my dock just by using the joystick. Many boats in my marina are afraid to go out when there is a wind greater than 10 MPH. Not us, we're out all the time. This was the best investment I could have made for my boat. Lots of people ask about it and I recommend it to everyone. I even show off sometimes with it in tight spaces just for the fun of it."
"Customer service was great to work with and "held my hand" through the purchasing process. The installation went very well, and was much easier than I anticipated. The thruster works great, especially since it is mounted on the swim platform. I own a single engine inboard boat that is very difficult to dock especially in the wind. Your stern thruster took care of that problem and makes docking a breeze, no pun intended. I was doubtful at first but you made a believer out of me. I would recommend your product to anyone."
"I installed both bow and stern Sideshift Thrusters in two days, both thrusters work flawlessly and docking is stressless. I love how quiet the thrusters operate and I never have any concerns of docking, where ever I go."
"Very cool product...should be offered on all new boats. Installation went smooth with no problems. Get lots comments and people checking out the boat while docking. I always dock in the tightest spot to show off a bit."
"Excellent Sales Support. I installed it without difficulty. It works very well and I have answered many questions. Don't need it all that often but when you do, it pays for itself...I can walk our 37 sideways into a 40 ft gap on the wall."
"Very easy installation, straight forward with the instructions."
"Less stress and works as advertised."
"Thrusters work like a charm. My boat is 11,000 lbs wet so it is a lot of boat. I have both bow and stern installed. Wish I had installed them years before as they do reduce your docking stress."
"The purchase went extremely well, I did the installation myself. Immense difference, even in windy conditions, I know that if I go out, the return will be hassle free! Especially in tight docking conditions."
"I would not hesitate to buy another. They have been very helpful on the phone."
"Thruster is awesome! No more stress docking in the wind or manouevering at the locks! We used to be afraid to leave the dock on windy days, NOT ANY MORE! We get way more use out of our 42 foot cruiser!"
"Very pleased with the entire process. The customer service department was very professional and very knowledgeable on the product and helped with the installation process involved to make sure that everything is working fine. The thruster on my premier 290 Tri Tune pontoon works great in maneuvering into our slip and also maneuvering into the fuel pump area. It does everything and then some in the day-to-day operation of our pontoon. I would highly recommend this product"